Designation of an area for selective licensing of privately rented properties

North Yorkshire Council Public Legal Notice Housing Act 2004 Sections 80 To 84

North Yorkshire Council, in exercise of its powers under Sections 80 to 84 of the Housing Act 2004 and The Selective Licensing of Houses (Additional Conditions) (England) Order 2015 hereby designates parts of the wards of Castle, Falsgrave and Stepney and Northstead within the County of North Yorkshire  for the selective licensing of privately rented properties.

The designation does not require confirmation by the Secretary of State as it falls under a general approval issued by the Secretary of State under section 82 of the Act, namely The Housing Act 2004: Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing of Other Residential Accommodation (England) General Approval 2015 (“the General Approval”).

An accurate plan of the designated area can be viewed free of charge at Customer First Centre, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. The designated area may also be viewed on our selective licensing in Scarborough page.

The designation was made on 23 January 2024 and will come into effect on 1 June 2024 and shall cease to have effect on 31 May 2029.

The designation applies to any privately rented property that is not a licensable house in multiple occupation or subject to any statutory exemption, and is occupied under a tenancy or a licence.

If you wish to inspect the designation, make an application for a licence or require general advice you should contact:

Housing Services
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
YO11 2HG
Tel: 0300 1312131

Or you can contact us online

Any landlord, managing agent or tenant within the designation area should seek advice from the Authority to ascertain whether their property is affected by the designation.

Failure to licence a property, which requires licensing by virtue of this designation, is liable to prosecution under Section 95 of the Housing Act 2004 and upon summary conviction is liable to fine. It also gives tenants and the local authority, in the case of housing benefit payments, the ability to apply to a Residential Property Tribunal under the provisions of section 96 (5) and (6) and section 97 of the Housing Act 2004 for a rent repayment order, in accordance with the provisions of those sections.

Nic Harne
Corporate Director 
North Yorkshire Council